Civitas Review

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    House Passes Crony/Pork Laden Budget

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    Late last night (or early this morning, however you want to look at it) the NC House passed its budget plan for the next biennium. Dozens of amendments were debated, and 42 passed. Some of the relatively more significant changes made from the original version include: Several DMV fee increases were reduced from 50 percent […]

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    House Budget: Pork and Crony Handouts Galore

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    The NC House is set to debate its budget proposal today, and much will be written about the details this week. But two sections in particular have several items of note to keep in mind in the face of claims of "fiscal responsibility" coming from House members. "Commerce-State Aid", found on Page H-31 and 32 […]

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    Hold the Pork

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , ,

    Politicians love to hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies in front of projects financed by government. Congressmen and women smilingly brag about how they are helping their home state "create jobs" by bringing home the bacon, and state lawmakers are overjoyed that "free" federal government money is being showered upon their state. The money awarded to the contractors […]

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    Be On the Look Out

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Events By Susan Myrick | Tagged ,

    Be on the Look Out for the gigantic AFP "Stop the Pork" pig tomorrow.  He will be on the road, heading for Tea Party events throughout NC.

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    Hot Flashes, Dead Bugs, and Cocaine for Monkeys

    Posted in Budget & Taxes By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    No, that's not the title of some new whacked-out reality show on an obscure cable network. Rather, it is the title of the Civitas Institute's list of The 10 Worst Federal Stimulus Projects in North Carolina. Check it out and see what your tax dollars and your children's debt are funding.

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